Coriander Powder is easily available in any Indian store. However, the powder loses a lot of its flavor & aroma within a few days after its preparation, so the pre-packaged powder is but a shadow of its fresh version. Hence, it is quite common for household cooks to prepare their own Coriander Powder & store it in an airtight container. This can be done by purchasing Coriander Seeds (also easily available in any Indian store), roasting the seeds briefly on a dry pan and then crushing them in powder form using an electric grinder or mortar-and-pestle. I always prepare my own Coriander powder using seeds - making enough to last a few days after which I make a fresh batch, and slight extra effort is overwhelmingly out-weighed by the flavorful results.
How to make Roasted Coriander Powder
- Place a non stick pan on medium heat.
- Add the coriander seeds & dry roast till they are slightly darker in color and fragrant. Do not let the seeds turn dark brown. Immediately remove from heat & let them cool completely.
- Grind into a fine powder using a spice grinder / Dry coffee Grinder.
- Store in an airtight container.
- I use Dry Coffee Grinder to grind it into a fine powder.
- Roasted Coriander Powder can be stored in an airtight container for several months.